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Manchester Free Software

Tuesday 15th November, 7:00pm

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software

Every meeting starts with an opportunity for informal key signing. For an explanation of what this is about see:

November’s meeting schedule is:

Talk – Talos Secure Workstation

Campaigning – MFS CETA letter

Talos Secure Workstation:

There are now several free hardware computer designs, many having used Crowd Supply to seek backers to get all the way to being manufactured. The Talos Secure Workstation is now on Crowd Supply hoping to become a tangible reality. What differentiates Talos from other free hardware is that it’s very powerful. Most free hardware is low power consuming but also has lower computing power, however Talos competes with high end workstation/serve non-free hardware.  Another differentiation is that Talos uses a Power Architecture, an alternative to x86 and ARM.

Talos has some particularly interesting features:

* Power Architecture using POWER8

* No Intel Management Engine or similar

* Hardware virtualisation support including IO

* Promised “open-toolchain FPGAs”

* Lots of PCIe slots

* Other I/O capability including GPIO pins

In the talk we will discuss the Talos specification, history, Crowd Supply and future.  Discussion will be had on possible shared purchase.

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If you have experience of free hardware, Power Architecture or similar then please consider giving a lightning talk at the meeting!


The “Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement” (CETA), an agreement between the EU and Canada, was signed on 30th October.  This agreement has anti-free software measures which Manchester Free Software oppose. This campaigning section of the meeting aims to get a good start on a letter detailing these measures, the negative effect they’ll have on free software, why people should value software freedom and the work that Manchester Free Software does.

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The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in the Terrace (which is next door to MadLab). There are soft drinks available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol!

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